UPDATE: Raleigh County Commission, City of Beckley give $35K “one-time deal” to Humane Society

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 8:40 a.m. UPDATE: The Humane Society of Raleigh County (HSRC) was given a temporary financial boost.

Raleigh County Commission President Dave Tolliver confirmed the shelter was given a “one-time deal” of $35,000, with $17,500 each coming from the commission and the City of Beckley.

Tolliver said the purchase order for the money was signed on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, the money will be available to the HSRC later this week. The financial boost will be separate from the $10,000 monthly allocation that is already budgeted from the county.

From conversations shared between the Raleigh County Commission, Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold, and heads of HSRC, Tolliver explained the animal shelter was behind on taxes primarily due to costly veterinary expenses.

Back in November, the humane society called on the community to raise $80,000 in order to keep their doors open. In addition to veterinary expenses, board member Amy Osgood said high volumes of animals, medical emergencies, and a shift in management also contributed to the financial crisis.


Friday, November 15, 2019 8:45 p.m. UPDATE: A local animal shelter needs your help keeping its doors open, but what will it take to stay afloat?

Board members of the Humane Society of Raleigh County are calling on the community to help ‘Save the Shelter.’

Amy Osgood sits on the board. She said they are at risk of closing their doors.

“Last year, we took in over 1,200 animals, but we had about $150,000 worth of veterinary bills, vaccine bills…we weren’t able to pay a lot of what makes the shelter run such as taxes, the heat bill, the water bills, just supplies that we need for the animals,” said Osgood.

So far, the shelter raised about $4,000, but board members said they need $80,000 to keep the doors open.

The humane society is supported by the county and by the city of Beckley. Raleigh County Commission President, David Tolliver, said the shelter struggled to stay afloat for the past two years, but he had no idea it was this bad.

“I don’t really know what the problem is out there, as far as I know, we have not been approached by the humane society,” Tolliver said.

In the last fiscal year, county commissioners gave the humane society $53,980 with, an additional check for $10,000 in April of 2018, totaling $63,980.

“I don’t know how much more we can give them,” said Tolliver.

That is just from the county.

“I’m sure that they’re getting over 100,000 from the county and the city,” Tolliver said.

However, Osgood said it is not enough with the high volume of animals coming in from animal control and elsewhere, as well as a lot of medical emergencies, not to mention the humane society is under new management. Osgood said you can help save the shelter by donating money and supplies, volunteering, or adopting.

“That is our ultimate goal anyway, is try to find animals that we have taken in here a forever home where they are loved and cared for,” Osgood said.

People can send checks to their building, or visit them at https://hsrcwv.org/


ORIGINAL STORY: The Raleigh County Humane Society is turning to the public for help, as the building is at risk of shutting down due to funding running out.

The Raleigh County Humane Society found ways to cut down on their daily costs, including discounted medicine.

Since January 2019, the animal shelter took in more than 1,200 animals off the streets or from homes. But with the accomplishment, it came with a great cost, as the animal shelter is unsure if they will have funding for these animals next year.

The shelter spent nearly $150,000 in veterinary services and vaccine expenses, but said they did not have enough for daily bills and necessary essentials, including heating, food and water.

The Raleigh County Humane Society is having a $80,000 campaign to help keep the shelter open for the upcoming year. People can send checks to their building, or you can visit them at https://hsrcwv.org/

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